Under the Slogan “Khalifa Our Pride”
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, December 16th 2014 [ME NewsWire]
The (999) Magazine, the Ministry of Interior’s cultural, social, and security magazine, hosted a ceremony to mark the issuance of its 43rd National Day special edition. The ceremony was held at the Emirates Palace Hotel under the slogan “Khalifa Our Pride”, which celebrates the march of progress and development witnessed by the UAE in various aspects of life.
The ceremony was attended by Major General Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and sponsor of the event; Major General Khalil Dawood Badran, Director General of Finance and Services and Chairman of 999 Magazine Development Committee; and Lt. Colonel Awadh Saleh Al Kendi, Editor in Chief of 999 Magazine. Also attending were a number of officers from the MoI and Abu Dhabi Police, sponsor companies’ representatives, and a number of prominent media figures.
In his speech on the occasion, Major General Al Nuaimi said, “This auspicious occasion reflects the most sublime values of loyalty and belonging to the UAE and its higher leadership; which strived to continue the march of prosperity and giving, to build a solid Union, based on the strong foundations laid down by late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”
Adding further, he emphasized that culture is the real criterion to assess people’s renaissance and knowledge. It is also the cumulative store of experiences, knowledge, and expertise required in order to face potential challenges. “Despite the essential role of culture and its contribution to intellectual and scientific development, most people are unaware of the importance of reading; they are oblivious of the fact that glory is accumulated knowledge built up through the centuries. This requires radical action, because of the large numbers of knowledge mediums that are easily accessible for everyone, either through the internet, or via the translated, and not-translated books,” he said.
Furthermore, Major General Al Nuaimi explained that 999 Magazine has achieved a remarkable qualitative and quantitative development, with the issuance of the 999 Magazine for Children and the Community News Appendix in Arabic and English.
In conclusion, Major General Al Nuaimi extended his thanks and appreciation for Major General Khalil Dawood Badran, Chairman of 999 Magazine Development Committee, for his unyielding support to the magazine. He also thanked Lt. Colonel Awadh Saleh Al Kendi, 999 Magazine Editor in Chief, as well as to the sponsoring institutions and supporting companies for their prominent role in bringing success to the auspicious event.
The sponsoring institutions expressed the utmost thanks and appreciation to the UAE, which endeavors to provide safety and security for all of its citizens and residents. George Bechara, sponsoring company representative, stressed that participating in such an important national event is an unparalleled honor. “On this day, we recall the past achievements of the forefathers and their sacrifices that contributed to the UAE’s progress and development,” he said. He also noted that since its inception, 999 Magazine has added an important cultural diminution to the security media system, and promoted the MoI’s vision, aimed at ensuring that Abu Dhabi remains a society that enjoys safety and security.
For his part, Abdo Smaydaa, representing the supporting companies, delivered a speech by which he said that the UAE people can be proud of ranking among the happiest people in the world thanks to 43 years of hard work since the establishment of the Union, whose foundation were laid by the wise Arab leader, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his brothers, Rulers of the Emirates. He also extended his heartfelt thanks to the UAE’s generosity; and to the police and security bodies; stressing that taking part in such a remarkable ceremony is merely an act of gratitude towards this country.
In the same context, the famous Emirati poet Ali Al Khawar said that attending this event is a privilege and an honor. He also expressed his pride to being part of the Magazine’s work team since its inception. He recited the “UAE Flag” poem that he penned especially to commemorate the 43rd National Day, which reads as follows:
Under the wise leadership of Zayed and Rashid
The UAE flag flies aloft
Above the clouds and past the mountains tops
Under the wise leadership of our beloved Khalifa and Abu Rashid
Our Emirati flag flutters higher than high
The ceremony also featured several performances, notably the national operetta “UAE Flag”, penned by Ali Al Khawar, composed by Fayez Al Saeed, and performed by Fayez Al Saeed and artist Aryam. The performance was highly acclaimed by the audience who lauded it’s the beautiful lyrics, melody, and expressive connotations that reflect feelings of loyalty and belonging to the UAE and its wise leaders.
Towards the end of the ceremony, Major General Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi and Major General Khalil Dawood Badran honored the strategic partners and sponsors, and awarded them the “Khalifa Our Pride” (Fakhrouna Khalifa) shield, which represents the people love to the UAE and its leaders.
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